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A Challenger's food items

Eating healthy snacks throughout the day is a great habit to have, but Challengers have found that they can't eat as frequently as they like if they want to stay under their daily budget. For most, this means a confused stomach who's response is a low grumble until it is fed.

I'm blogging my first day participating in the CalFresh challenge. As I didn't have time today to go to the store and stock up for the entire week, I did do out and buy a few items for my meals today. What I bought were 2- simple truth protein bars, minestrone soup, croutons and a banana. I've had water all day.  I ate the protein bar and banana before work and by the time I left, my stomach was growling. It is hard to start the challenge.  I will try and continue to prepare as well balanced meals as I can on the allowance I'm given. I like healthy eating so I hope I'm able to maintain it. I have included my first days food supply and plan on getting to the store tomorrow to stock up for the next couple of days or the week.

-Submitted by: CalFresh Challenger

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My schedule this week doesn't permit me to go to the store and plan meals. I don't have time to cook this week, nor a place to store something that needs refrigeration so I don't get sick. But I want to do the challenge. The secret . . . put off eating in the morning as long as you can! I got up at 7am, and went until 10am when I forced myself to eat because I'd be out of the house until 6pm. The menu, ice, water, and bananas as a smoothie. I wanted to do milk, but thought that would take me over the  budget. Lunch was a dollar and eighty cent soup. Dinner was a whole bag of frozen peas with tons of salt, and a 69 cent bag of chips. Not my usual diet, I had to cut out the splurges like a non-water drink to go with my meal, maybe a carb or protein to with the peas, and the more expensive soup that wasn't Split Pea and Ham.

-Submitted by: CalFresh Challenger